Oakland Reads 2020: Baseline Report

Oakland Reads 2020 (OR2020) is a citywide initiative working to ensure more Oakland children succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, career, and active citizenship. OR2020 focuses on one of the most important predictors of school success and high school graduation: grade-level reading by the end of third grade. The Oakland Reads 2020 Baseline Report, written by Urban Strategies Council, focuses on third grade reading success as well as the four Oakland Reads levers: school readiness, school attendance, summer learning, and family engagement. The report highlights challenges, progress, and community assets already in place serving Oakland students and families. Key highlights from the report include:

  • Only 38% of Oakland third graders read at grade level. Across third graders, African American and Latino students are the least likely to be reading at grade level.
  • Thirty-two percent of Oakland third graders are English Language Learners
  • A little over a third of kindergarten to third grade students are chronically absent or have “at-risk” attendance
  • Only 54% of children enter Oakland Unified School District with early literacy skills

Oakland Reads 2020 hopes the report will help drive a community call to action around third grade reading and early learning outcomes in Oakland.

For more information, view the OR2020 Baseline Executive Summary and OR2020 one page summary infographic.